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Want some more? Check out the after hours at the RIJF

flat iron imageThe jazz around town does not end after the 10:00 pm shows during the Rochester International Jazz Festival let out into the streets. There are an increasing number of venues that will be presenting some special local talent and, we hope, will draw some of the many performers playing during the festival to come sit in and jam into the wee hours.  So where can you go?  Here are some of the things I've heard about to date:

  • Of course, there is the "official" after hours jam session at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. This is where most of the artists stay while at the jazz festival. Bob Sneider and the "house band" of Mike Melito and Phil Flanagan play starting right after the shows let out and end up between 1:30 and 2:00 am. In addition to an occasional artist or their bands sitting (Wynton Marsalis came down and jammed for more than an hour last year), there is a parade of students who are taking a crack at playing before a live club audience.
  • There is an "after" after hours starting around 1:00 am down Lake Avenue at the Flat Iron Café at Lake and Lyell Avenues, with Quinn Lawrence and his Trio and other bands playing into the wee hours.  I ended up there last night after deciding I hadn't had quite enough jazz when I left the Rachel Z show at Montage. Her bass player Maeve Royce showed up and sat in with Quinn and his group last night.  Finally rolled out of there about 3:30 am.  Since it is just down the street, this is a  natural and while clearly an urban setting, the vibe can't be beat when the weather is good and the joint is hopping.
  • Havana Moes on East Ave. between GibbsJazz and Scio Streets, will be presenting a group of Eastman jazz students on Tuesday-Thursday, who will start playing around 6:30 pm and going until they all decide it's time to stop.  It will be free and, for you smokers, this is a bar in which you can smoke. It's also a place with a nice neighborhood feel and some great owners who will treat you right.  Who knows, someone might drop by and sit in here as well.
  • Trumpeter Rick Holland will be hosting an RIJF "afterglow" on June 18th with his Little Big Band. They''ll be playing 2 sets at Tasteology, 3400 W. Monroe (Pittsford Colony), Pittsford, NY, from 9:00 to 11:00 pm. added image (left out some major information—blame it on fatigue).
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